From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has confiscated pirated works valued at over N4 million during a raid on video and music sellers in Ilorin.
Head of Liaison Office of the Commission, Mrs Justina Akinwumi made this known on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the commission in the state.
Akinwumi also said that the commission arrested five persons involved in the piracy activities during the raid.
“Nigerian copyright Commission has zero tolerance for piracy and all the perpetrators of the heinous act will be brought to book,” she added.
Akinwumi who described the activities of pirates in the country as alarming, declared that NCC would spare no effort to bring the activities to the barest minimum in Kwara.
The NCC head said five suspects were arrested for illegal production and circulation of pirated optical discs at various locations in Ilorin.
“Copyright Inspectors backed by armed policemen in an anti-piracy operation carried out at five suspected optical discs shops containing Nigerian and foreign musical and movies confiscate pirated works worth N4 million,” she added.
“Activities of pirates in the country have assumed an alarming dimension and there is the need to put a lasting solution to the menace,” Akinwumi said.
She therefore warned all those engage in the criminal activities of selling both foreign and local pirated optical to desist or face the full wrath of the law.
Akinwumi appealed to the people not to patronize or buy pirated works, but should insist on genuine products, particularly video and music.